Ken Thomas, executive director
IFEEDER Receives Largest Donation on Record
Monday, September 8, 2014
by: Ken Thomas, executive director

Section: Fall 2014

American Feed Industry Association member The F.L. Emmert Company recently made the largest public donation on record to the Institute for Feed Education & Research to advance education and research within the feed industry. The donation was valued at $125,000, which will help IFEEDER support critical research and education projects focused on meeting the challenges of sustainable feed and food production. 
Emmert, based in Cincinnati, Ohio, is a family owned and operated nutritional feed ingredients supplier that manufactures unique brewer’s yeast supplements. The company has been in the Emmert family for more than 100 years.
Emmert’s pledge makes the company the first member of IFEEDER’s Corporate Chairman’s Club, an elite level of giving. The company’s donation was recognized during a check signing ceremony this spring with  IFEEDER Executive Director Ken Thomas and Chairman Dean Warras.
“As we examined our core beliefs and the challenges, opportunities and hopes of our industry, we realized we must do more than agree—we must engage, commit and help lead,” said Emmert President Mike Manning in a company statement. 
The company chose to donate to IFEEDER because it is excited to work with a nonprofit and other industry organizations that are “forward thinking” in order to begin the advancement of a “multigenerational impact.”
“We are excited that The F.L. Emmert Company is now IFEEDER’s largest donor on record,” said Thomas. “They have made a bold statement to the industry, donating $125,000 toward the development of education and research in feed and agriculture. They are a guiding light for like companies with similar missions and IFEEDER could not be more pleased with their dedication for innovation in the industry, one of IFEEDER’s main objectives.” 
IFEEDER was created in 2009 to address the enormous challenges the U.S. food and feed production industries will face in the next 40 years and beyond, as the world’s population grows by almost 2.5 billion people.
IFEEDER recently contributed $100,000 toward porcine epidemic diarrhea virus  research and also sponsored the 2013 Council for Agricultural Science and Technology report, “Animal Feed vs. Human Food: Challenges in Sustaining Animal Agriculture Toward 2050.”
For more information on IFEEDER, visit www.ifeeder.org or contact Ken Thomas at (703) 605-0142 or kthomas@ifeeder.org.
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